Fantasy Baseball 2012: Top 5 Catchers Who Can Help You Win This Season
Just like on a real team, the catcher is not only expected to be an important piece of the puzzle on the defensive side, but should also carry his weight as a hitter.
Most draft kits are a pretty good place for any fantasy owner to begin a wish list of possible players, but they are mostly based on last season's statistics, making them an inexact science. As we all know, a player's numbers can often be vastly different from year to year.
Get a leg up on your buddies for fantasy baseball this season by making sure you have a solid man behind the plate.
5. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
Matt Wieters is about to begin his fourth season with the Orioles and has done nothing but improve each season.
While he's certainly solid behind the plate, his defense isn't what fantasy baseball owners will be concerned with throughout the season. As Wieters continues to find his stride as a batter, his numbers will continue to rise and he'll establish himself as one of the more consistent catchers in baseball this season.
.262 Avg, 72 R, 22 HR, 68 RBI, 1 SB
4. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Questions surrounding his level of health and ability to bounce back keep him low on this particular list, but he's good enough to get back near the top if he wants it bad enough and doesn't re-injure himself in the process.
2011 Stats (45 games):
.284 Avg., 17 R, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 3 SB
3. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Carlos Santana has yet to prove himself as a catcher with a good batting average, but the rest of his stats are good enough to fill other gaps on any fantasy roster.
Good enough already to be a No. 1 catcher on most MLB teams, Santana only has room to improve with the Indians. He'll need to get his batting average up to satisfy most owners, but he should be able to surpass the 30 home run mark and get 90-plus runs this coming season.
With most fantasy baseball sites listing him as a backup first baseman also, he can fill multiple slots on a roster as well, which makes Santana all the more valuable.
.239 Avg., 84 R, 27 HR, 79 RBI, 5 SB
2. Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers
The year 2011 was a breakout season for the Rangers' Mike Napoli. He's been no slouch since he broke into the league in 2006, but last year he got some national recognition hitting well over .300 with over 30 long balls.
Napoli doesn't make the top spot on this list, only because he hasn't had the consistency that fantasy baseball managers crave, but with this past season's numbers, he has shown that he has what it takes to be a force at the major league level.
.320 Avg., 72 R, 32 HR, 75 RBI, 4 SB
1. Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
Consistency is perhaps the most important key factor in fantasy sports, especially with the MLB season's considerable length. With six full seasons under his belt, one of the most consistent catchers in baseball over the past several seasons has been the Braves' Brian McCann.
He broke into the league as a fan favorite and has been the backbone of the Braves organization over the past four to five seasons, developing into a solid leader and reliable veteran. No. 16 should be anyone's top choice behind the plate for fantasy baseball this season.
.270 Avg., 51 R, 24 HR, 71 RBI, 3 SB